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William Nealon

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William Nealon
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
Title:   Senior Judge
Position:   Seat #1
Station:   Scranton, PA
Appointed by:   John F. Kennedy
Active:   12/13/1962 - 01/01/1989
Chief:   1976 - 1989
Senior:   12/31/1988 - Present
Preceded by:   John William Murphy
Succeeded by:   James McClure
Past post:   Judge, Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas
Past term:   1960 - 1962
Personal History
Born:   1923
Hometown:   Scranton, PA
Undergraduate:   Villanova U., 1947
Law School:   Catholic U. of America Law, 1950
Military service:   U.S. Marine Corps, 1942 - 1945
William Nealon is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. He is serving on senior status. Nealon was nominated by President John F. Kennedy to the federal bench in 1962. He is one of 125 judges nominated to the federal bench by President Kennedy, and as of July 2009, is one of four "Kennedy judges" still serving in the federal judiciary.[1]

Early life and education

A native of Pennsylvania, Nealon graduated from Villanova University with his B.A. in 1947, and later graduated from the Catholic University of America School of Law with his LL.B. in 1950. Nealon also served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a First Lieutenant from 1942 to 1945.[1]

Professional career

  • 1960-1962: Judge, Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas
  • 1955-1959: Hearing examiner, Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board
  • 1951-1960: Attorney in private practice, Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • 1951-1959: Lecturer, University of Scranton[1]

Judicial career

Middle District of Pennsylvania

Nealon received a recess appointment from President John F. Kennedy on December 13, 1962, to a seat vacated by John Murphy, as Murphy assumed senior status. Nealon was nominated on January 15, 1963, and confirmed by the Senate on March 15, 1963, on a Senate vote. He received his commission on March 27, 1963. Nealon served as the chief judge of the court from 1976 to 1989, before later assuming senior status on January 1, 1989. Nealon was succeeded in this position by James McClure.[1]

Awards and associations

On July 15, 2011, Judge Nealon officially became the longest serving judge in the history of the courts of the Third Circuit. Nealon achieved the record when he hit the milestone of 48 years, seven months and one day, and is still serving. At the time, he was one of only a handful of John F. Kennedy appointed justices still serving on the bench.[2]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
John William Murphy
Middle District of Pennsylvania
Seat #1
Succeeded by:
James McClure